Just outside of Khujand, Tajikistan, a gargantuan stone likeness of Lenin gazes purposefully across the horizon. Dismantled and removed from the center of what was once his namesake city (Leninabad), it now sits in the middle of a quaint, grassy field, with all but a few cows to call comrades. In Tajikistan and across much of Central Asia, these Soviet relics are everywhere—some have been abandoned while others stand prominently alongside ancient architecture and majestic mosques. Join us on an epic, two-week, four-country road trip as we wind through Kazakh bazaars, wade in Kyrgyzstan’s glassy Issyk-kul lake, explore a former Soviet military base in Tajikistan, and wander through Uzbekistan’s ancient Silk Road cities. As we make our overland journey, passing a few forlorn-looking Lenin busts as we go, we’ll cover over 2,000 miles; a dazzling diversity of art, music, and architecture; and over two millennia of history.
The total cost of this trip is $4,945. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $420. Please contact us to request a single room.
Throughout the trip, we'll be staying in comfortable accommodations with standard amenities. In cities, we’ll be in centrally located hotels (three-to-four-star equivalent), while in smaller towns we’ll be in traditional guest houses.
We’ll be covering a lot of ground over the course of our two weeks across four countries. Most of this transport will take place in a private, air-conditioned minibus, with driving hours per day ranging widely; most days will involve at least a few hours on the road, while our longest day will be around eight hours of driving altogether, with plenty of breaks along the way.
Note that this trip begins and ends in two different locations. You should plan to arrive in Almaty, Kazakhstan by 5 p.m. on May 31, and to depart from Khiva, Uzbekistan anytime on June 15. We’re happy to connect you to our flight agents if you’d like assistance booking your airfare.
The countries where we'll be traveling do not require visas in advance for travelers of most nationalities. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan all grant visas upon arrival, while Tajikistan requires an e-visa that costs $50 and has a quick, two-day turnaround. We'll provide additional information on visas leading up to the trip.
Vegetarian options are readily available. While accommodating a vegan diet is feasible, options will be somewhat limited. Please let us know in advance, and we'll do our best to accommodate.